THE podcast: interview with Mark Thompson, professor of digital economy at the University of Exeter

Academic, practitioner and policy commentator Mark Thompson shares his concern that UK higher education is drifting from its true north of research, teaching and impact in the wake of complex digital change and the prisoner’s dilemma of whole-sector transformation

Mark Thompson's avatar
25 Apr 2024
bookmark plus
  • Top of page
  • Key Details
  • More on this topic

Created in partnership with

Created in partnership with

University of Exeter

You may also like

THE podcast: bridging higher education’s new digital divide
Podcast discussing building resilience and protecting well-being among university staff and students

Key Details

Listen to this podcast on Spotify, Apple podcasts or Google podcasts.

For this episode, we talk with an academic, practitioner and policy commentator whose work focuses on the complexity and velocity of the digital economy and who uses phrases such as “burning platform” to describe the state of universities’ digital landscape.

Mark Thompson is a professor of digital economy in the research group Initiative for the Digital Economy (or Index) at the University of Exeter. He is a former UK government policy adviser and is recognised as one of the architects of digital service redesign of the UK public sector.

In this interview, conducted at the Digital Universities UK event at Exeter, Thompson shares his concern that the sector is drifting away from its true north of research, teaching and impact (he uses Jeff Bezos’ idea of “day one”), citing statistics that less than 40 per cent of university staff are academics. He suggests reasons for this and talks about the need for leadership at institutional and government level and the prisoner’s dilemma of whole-sector transformation.

If you would like advice and insight from academics and university staff delivered direct to your inbox each week, sign up for the Campus newsletter.


You may also like

sticky sign up

Register for free

and unlock a host of features on the THE site